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Social media tip leads police to issue warrant for man accused of breaking into cars in Gurnee

Surveillance images show a suspect, believed to be Michael B. Edwards, 39, of Waukegan, breaking into vehicles in Gurnee, police said | Photo provided by the Gurnee Police Department.

A warrant has been issued for a Waukegan man accused of burglarizing vehicles in Gurnee after investigators received a tip from someone on social media identifying the man.

Michael B. Edwards, 39, of Waukegan, was charged with one count of felony burglary, court records show.

The Gurnee Police Department responded around 5:07 a.m. August 29 to a residence in the 4000 block of Kenwood Avenue for a burglary to motor vehicle report.

Police said that the victim’s vehicle was parked in the driveway overnight and the doors of the vehicle were unlocked. The glovebox and center console had been opened and items were thrown throughout the vehicle. Several items from the car had been taken.

Michael B. Edwards, 39, of Waukegan.

Investigators were able to obtain video surveillance of the suspect entering vehicles on the night of the incident, police said.

The images were shared by the Gurnee Police Department on social media and the public was asked to help identify the suspect. Within hours, investigators had received a tip and the suspect was identified as Edwards.

“After a thorough investigation, investigators identified the suspect as Edwards and obtained a warrant for his arrest on August 30,” the Gurnee Police Department said.

So far, police have been unable to locate Edwards and the Gurnee Police Department is once again asking for the public’s help in locating him.

He is not believed to be armed or dangerous but authorities are asking that anyone who sees him should not approach and instead call the police.


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